Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali Makes His Final Journey

Thousands of mourners turn out

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali made his final journey through his hometown Friday—past the little pink house where he grew up and the museum that bears his name—as thousands of mourners along the route pumped their fists and chanted, "Ali! Ali!" for the former heavyweight champion of the world... More »

Lots of People Not Happy Piers Morgan Called Ali Racist

The backlash has been fierce

(Newser) - Piers Morgan thinks Muhammad Ali was "the greatest superstar icon of my lifetime," but he also thinks the boxer was racist, at least early in his life. "Muhammad Ali said far more inflammatory/racist things about white people than Donald Trump ever has about Muslims. #fact," Morgan... More »

Here Are Muhammad Ali's Pall Bearers

Will Smith will be among them

(Newser) - The family of Muhammad Ali has settled on his pall bearers for Friday's funeral in Louisville, with the biggest name being Will Smith, who played Ali in a movie of that name in 2001. Another big name is former heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis. The others, per the BBC :
  • Jerry
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Muhammad Ali Planned Funeral Details in 'The Book'

Services planned for Thursday, Friday

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali and his innermost circle started a document years ago that grew so thick they began calling it "The Book." In the pages, the boxing great planned in exacting detail how he wished to say goodbye, the AP reports. The 74-year-old three-time heavyweight champion wanted the memorial... More »

'High-Energy' Service Recalls Muhammad Ali

The Louisville Lip is remembered in his hometown

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali's younger brother wept, swayed to hymns, and hugged anyone he could reach. He raised his hands to the sky, eyes closed, surrounded by congregants at the church where their father once worshipped. Rahaman Ali took center stage at the two-hour, high-energy service at King Solomon Missionary Baptist... More »

Muhammad Ali's Funeral Will Be Open to Public, Streamed Online

Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal, and Bryant Gumbel will give eulogies

(Newser) - A family spokesperson says Muhammad Ali died of septic shock "due to unspecified natural causes," the AP reports. Bob Gunnell says Ali died Friday at 9:10pm, spending the last hour of his life surrounded by his family. His funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon at the KFC... More »

'Ali Shook Up the World': Reactions to the Death of the Greatest

Former opponents, celebrities, politicians remember Muhammad Ali

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali died Friday at the age of 74, likely from complications related to Parkinson's disease. The death of the Greatest led to an outpouring of tributes and memorials from those who knew him and others who admired him from afar. Here are 13 of those reactions from athletes,... More »

Ali to Get His 40th Sports Illustrated Cover

A 'singular force'

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali will be on the June 13 cover of Sports Illustrated for the 40th time—featuring a photo shot by Neil Leifer while Ali trained in Miami Beach in 1970, reports AP . The decision comes in the wake of Ali's death at age 74 . "Muhammad Ali was... More »

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Quotes

The 'Louisville Lip' knew just what to say

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali, who died Friday at age 74 , wasn't known as the Louisville Lip for nothing. The man whose quick hands and feet stunned opponents inside the ring—and won him three heavyweight-boxing championships—showed just as much verbal dexterity for the microphones. Some of his best quotes, per... More »

Muhammad Ali Dead at 74

'It's a sad day for life, man'

(Newser) - He was fast of fist and foot—lip, too—a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper. He was The Greatest. Muhammad Ali died... More »

Reports: Muhammad Ali in 'Grave Condition'

He's been hospitalized with respiratory issues for two days

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali has been laid up in an Arizona hospital with respiratory issues since Thursday, and the situation is reportedly serious. According to USA Today , an Ali spokesperson says the 74-year-old boxing legend is in "fair condition" and would be released after a brief stay at the hospital. But... More »

FBI Files: Ali Win May Have Been Fixed

Documents reveal man with mob ties suspected in iconic Ali-Liston battle

(Newser) - Could the fight that put Muhammad Ali on the map have been a sham? The FBI had reason to believe that 22-year-old Ali's first bout against heavyweight champ Sonny Liston was rigged, and that the mob may have been involved, according to decades-old documents obtained by the Washington Times... More »

The NSA Spied on MLK, Muhammad Ali

LBJ, Nixon kept tabs on Vietnam War protesters

(Newser) - The NSA once spied on no lesser Americans than Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali, newly declassified documents reveal. They were targeted along with a pair of US senators, as well as journalists from the New York Times and Washington Post, as part of a six-year effort to investigate... More »

Grauman's May Relocate Some Older Star Prints

Meanwhile, critics carp about too many new Hollywood additions

(Newser) - The forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre hosts handprints of Hollywood royalty from Marilyn Monroe to Robert Pattinson. But after years of wear, some of the most iconic imprints—such as Groucho Marx's—may be moved to more protected spots, says the theater's co-owner. Meanwhile, the tourist destination... More »

Boxing Giants Attend Frazier Funeral

Muhammad Ali helped in and out of the service

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali and several boxing greats attended the funeral of former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier in Philadelphia today. Ex-champs Larry Holmes and Michael Spinks joined the crowd at a north Philly baptist church, where condolence videos were shown from Mike Tyson, Mickey Roarke, and Donald Trump, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.... More »

Smokin' Joe Frazier Dead at 67

Liver cancer claims boxing great

(Newser) - If cancer could be dropped with a devastating left hook, Joe Frazier would still be with us. The former heavyweight champion has died at the age of 67, just weeks after he was diagnosed with liver cancer, AP reports. Frazier, who won gold for the US at the 1964 Olympic... More »

Muhammad Ali to Iran: Free the Hikers!

Says he's willing to make a trip there to secure their release

(Newser) - Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have an intriguing ally in their corner: Muhammad Ali. The Greatest quietly sent a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month asking him to release the captive American hikers, and now he's going public with it. "Please show the world the compassion I know... More »

C'mon, ESPN: Tiger, Tebow Aren't Muhammad Ali

Network needs moratorium on dumb comparisons

(Newser) - “Can ESPN please declare a company-wide moratorium on comparing current athletes to Muhammad Ali?” Dave Zirin begs after suffering through the “idiocy” of Worldwide Leader columnists equating Tim Tebow (for appearing in a pro-life ad) and Tiger Woods (for his courageous comeback from … sex addiction) to the... More »

Shut It, Athletes; Just Tweet

Then Frank Deford won't have to listen to crazy guarantees and apologies

(Newser) - Frank Deford doesn’t want to hear your outrageous predictions or tearful faux-apologies, athletes, and he doesn’t want to read about them in the papers, either, reporters. “Come on, guys, just because some jock babbles incoherently, you don't have to pass it on,” he admonishes his fellow... More »

10 Cringeworthy Celeb TV Ads

Katy Perry's Proactiv gig isn't nearly as bad as some of these

(Newser) - Katy Perry’s 15 minutes aren’t even up, and she’s already shilling for Proactiv. In her honor, Olivia Allin of The Frisky lists the 10 most embarrassing celebrity product endorsements:
  • Serena Williams for Tampax: Her commercial includes the cringeworthy lines, “Well, there is plenty of blood, but
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